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NSA Gives Microsoft Help On Windows 7 Security

Our friend Kevin Whitelaw, over at The Two-Way, just filed a piece about how the National Security Agency — you know, the ones who caused all the controversy around warrantless surveillance — helped Microsoft with their Windows 7 security.

Whitelaw writes:

"Working in partnership with Microsoft and (the Department of Defense), NSA leveraged our unique expertise and operational knowledge of system threats and vulnerabilities to enhance Microsoft's operating system security guide without constraining the user's ability to perform their everyday tasks," Richard Schaeffer, the NSA's Information Assurance Director, told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a statement prepared for a hearing held this morning in Washington. "All this was done in coordination with the product release, not months or years later in the product cycle."

This isn't new, Whitelaw explains, because the NSA has been collaborating with Microsoft since 2005.